I'm planning on doing some work overseas, so this will be my portable gaming PC. I could have gone for a laptop, but I have had them break, stolen, overheat, and lets just say I dislike laptops. I will be gutting my Lian Li TU 100B in favor of these parts and will be transplanting the I3-4130T and Gigabyte Z87N Wifi into a cooler master elite 110 as an htpc setup for mom.
For the case, I will be using the Lian Li TU 100B. The focus of this case was and still is the portability. And it doesn't hurt that this case is nice to look at. At a price point of over $100, if I wasn't going overseas I probably would have opted for something less pricey. The case weighs next to nothing and is ultra portable, but any part you buy is at the mercy of the case. This case will only fit an SFX power supply and heat sinks up to 60 mm in height. Also, if you choose a closed loop water cooling system, you may need a slim fan on the radiator as there is only one 120 mm mounting area in the case. Cable management can be a chore, but if you take your time it's not so bad. Just be wary of that USB 3.0 header as it may get unhooked as you are putting in the power supply.
Heat sink and Processor:
The Samuel 17 cooler was doing an excellent job cooling the I3, so I bought another one to use with the 4770k. Since the clearance in the case is only 60 mm from the motherboard to the power supply, I have to use a slim fan. I added a 15 mm slim Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 fan to go with the Samuel 17 (fan at 15 mm and heatsink at 45 mm = 60 mm!). There's a big difference in the TDP of 35 w vs 84 w, so I will not be overclocking the 4770k for now since this will be contained in the Lian Li TU 100B for the purpose of portability. I opted to get that particular processor because it's on sale (as of 3/17/14 it's $309.99)and I can always go with a bigger case in the future.
Motherboard and Graphics Card:
For the motherboard and graphics card, I went with the MSI Gaming AC mini and MSI GTX 760 ITX. I can't comment on their functionality or performance as I haven't received the parts yet. This will be replacing the previous Gigabyte Z87N Wifi ITX and EVGA GTX 750 TI SC which are still great components, but I will be transplanting these into the cooler master elite 110 to be used as an htpc.
I have used a Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB with the I3-4130T build and opted to upgrade to the 250 GB model, and its on sale (as of 3/17/14 $139.99). The HGST Travelstar 1 TB drive I will be keeping as my Steam library storage and moving the 120 GB SSD and a 320GB drive with the I3 build.
Optical Drive: Since the cooler master elite 110 doesn't have a spot for a drive, it will be getting an external drive, and the LG Blu-ray slim will be staying in the Lian Li.
The memory I chose is a low profile (16 GB of G. Skill Ares 2133 @ 1.5 v) since the Samuel 17 heat sink will only support low profile memory.
For the power supply, I'm keeping the modular 80 plus gold (Silverstone SFX 450 w) and will be using a Corsair CX 600 for the cooler master elite 110. I also got the Silverstone short flat cables to help with the cable management.
I will be moving the Noctua fan and the stock Lian LI fan to the other build and bought a Noctua NF-F12 fan to help intake. For previous builds, I used Rexus, Delta and pretty much anything with high CFM to cool larger cases. This time around with this smaller form factor PC, it's all about being quiet and efficient. I will be testing the thermals on this setup in a few days and posting some pics. If need be I may under volt the processor or opt for a closed loop option to help cool the 4770k. Other options I'm also looking at are a closed water loop system in conjunction with an NZXT Kraken G10, but that's IF it's ever in stock anywhere.
The mouse (Steel Series Sensei raw) is a previous purchase from Best Buy which was around $40 and the keyboard (Noppoo Choc Mini) is a smaller addition that will fit in a bag along with the Lian Li TU 100B. The Samsung S23C570H monitor I picked up at Costco for around $130 and will be staying with mom when I leave for work overseas. As far as the Astro A50's, I think they were at first a costly buy at $299, but after using them for weeks now, I have to say you do get what you pay for. The norm for me was buying cheap Logitech headsets and going through them every few months.
As there is a first time for everything, this was the first costly build I have made. The parts were ordered from Newegg, Amazon and the case from Superbiiz. The previous builds were budget in nature and around the $600 price point. I look forward to reading your comments and seeing your builds.